Turf Paradise Names Race for Kruytbosch

Turf Paradise Names Race for Kruytbosch
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Luke Kruytbosch
Turf Paradise has named an opening-day stakes race after longtime track announcer Luke Kruytbosch, who died July 14 in Evansville, Ind.

The $50,000 Luke Kruytbosch, for 3-year-olds at six furlongs, will be the Oct. 3 feature for the Phoenix, Ariz., track.

“Luke meant so much to all of us at Turf and he will be forever in our hearts,” said Turf Paradise president and general manager Eugene Joyce in a news release. “We thought it fitting to memorialize him in the very thing he loved most: a horse race.”

Kruytbosch, 47, who had been Turf Paradise’s announcer since 1993, also served in that capacity at Churchill Downs and Ellis Park since 1999.

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